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This course develops a deep love of literature through exploration of some classic and important texts

Description

A Level English Literature

Course code: 9ETo

Delivery method: Classroom / Online and Paper Based

Course duration: 24 Months

Entry requirements: English GCSE or equivalent

Award achieved: Pearson Edexcel A Level English Literature

Awarding body: Pearson Edexcel

English Literature is considered the finest in the world, find out why and how it has shaped our national character and psyche.

This course develops a deep love of literature through exploration of some classic and important texts by Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Mary Shelly and the indomitable Margaret Atwood.

Overview / Skills

The focus of this course will be exploring prose, drama and poetry. You will learn to ready widely and independently as well as engage creatively and critically with a text. You do this through applying your developing knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation. You will also explore others interpretations of text and how this differs from yours.

Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by Pearson Edexcel) you will have achieved an internationally recognised Pearson Edexcel A-Level English Literature.

  • Independently reading a wide range of set texts and others you have selected for yourself

  • Engaging and responding to these texts in a critical and creative way

  • Build your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation and practice them yourself

  • Explore the interpretations of others to texts they are reading

  • Independently study in a sustained way to develop a deep appreciation of English Literature and how it impacts tradition

Course outline

You must sit three examinations examinations and submit a piece of coursework

Paper 1: Drama
This paper covers two plays and critical essays on Shakespeare, supported by reading of a critical anthology. This is an open book exam so you will be able to take copies of the primary text into the examination.

The paper has two sections A and B. You answer one essay question from a choice of two for both sections.

One extract based essay on the chosen drama text;

Exam length: 2 hours 15 minutes, 30% of A-Level, Section A = 35 Marks, Section B = 25 Marks, Total Marks = 60

Paper 2: Prose
Paper 2 covers two novels, it’s an open book exam so you will be able to take primary texts with you into the examination

You answer one comparative essay question from a choice of two.

Exam length: 1 hour, 20% of A-Level, Total Marks = 40

Paper 3: Poetry
Paper 3 covers a selection of poetry from the two collections studied you will also be presented with some unseen material, it’s an open book exam so you will be able to take primary texts with you into the examination

The paper consists of sections A and B.

Section A: You answer one question from a choice of two, comparing an unseen poem with one you have studied.

Section B: You answer one questions from a choice of two on one poet, or poetic movement that they have studied

Exam length: 2 hour 15 minutes, 30% of A-Level, Section A = 30 Marks, Section B = 30 Marks, Total Marks = 60